Tag Archives: Appalachian Jewry

This couple helped bring classical music to Asheville

If you’re a lover of classical chamber music living in Asheville, NC, you can thank the efforts of Jeanette and Joe Vanderwart for helping make that performing art available locally. This couple moved to the area in the 1950’s, and Joe’s work in the lumber industry provided a good living. They were able to introduce […]

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Deborah Weiner discusses her book ‘Coalfield Jews’

We caught up recently with Dr. Deborah Weiner, author of “Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History.” Central Appalachia’s coalfields were home to thousands of Jews between the 1880s and 1950s. Dr. Weiner, research historian and family history coordinator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, tells their story meticulously and movingly. Her book has been awarded the […]

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